New bid to cut underage drinking

YOUNG people must show official proof of age before buying alcohol under new measures to prevent underage drinking.

Changes introduced in the 2016 health law toughen up alcohol sales after what the health ministry called a “disturbing rise in the number of 15-25 year olds being found drunk”.

A survey found that 16% of girls and 17% of boys under 15 admitted to already being drunk twice in their lives.The European average is 24% for girls and 27% for boys.

Alcohol sales are banned to under-18s and the law makes it mandatory for anyone selling alcohol to ask for proof of age from young people and they must display a new poster warning of their obligation.

The law also bans under-16s from areas where drink is sold unless with an adult and says bars holding happy hours must also provide cheap-rate soft drinks.

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